Ramirez’s place among game’s third basemen

News from my friends at MLB Network:

The Brewers’ Aramis Ramirez will be featured in MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now: Third Basemen” at 8 p.m. CT tonight. Ramirez makes the list for the first time since this series began in 2011.

Hosted by Brian Kenny, MLB Network determined its rankings of the top 10 third basemen using “The Shredder,” which uses statistical analysis to measure performance. In addition, renowned author Bill James and MLB Network analyst and former infielder Bill Ripken both give their own personal lists of the top 10 third basemen in baseball.

The “Top 10 Right Now” series continues at 9 p.m. CT with “Top 10 Right Now: Shortstops,” leading up to the start of MLB Network’s countdown of the “Top 100 Right Now” on February 15.

Sorry, I can’t spill where Ramirez finished on the Network’s list. Where you you think he should fall?

Since the show is about “right now,” here’s how the list would look if we included only third basemen who qualified for the batting title and based it on 2012 OPS:

1. Miguel Cabrera .999
2. Adrian Beltre .921
3. Aramis Ramirez .901
4. David Wright .883
5. Chase Headley .875
6. David Freese .839
7. Ryan Zimmerman .824
8. Pedro Alvarez .784
9. Alex Rodriguez .783
10. Chris Johnson .777

And adjusted OPS (OPS+), which accounts for league and ballpark factors:

1. Miguel Cabrera 165
2. Chase Headley 144
3. David Wright 143
4. Adrian Beltre 137
t4: Aramis Ramirez 137
6. David Freese 129
7. Ryan Zimmerman 121
8. Pedro Alvarez 117
9. Alex Rodriguez 112
10. Kyle Seager 110

Looking for another statistical measure? Here’s the list ranked by FanGraphs’ WAR:

1. David Wright 7.8
2. Chase Headey 7.5
3. Miguel Cabrera 7.1
t4. Adrian Beltre 6.5
t4. Aramis Ramirez 6.5
6. Ryan Zimmerman 4.5
7. David Freese 4.1
8. Kyle Seager 3.6
9. Mike Moustakas 3.5
10. Hanley Ramirez 3.0

And Baseball-Reference’s version of WAR:

1. Miguel Cabrera 6.9
t2. David Wright 6.7
t2. Adrian Beltre 6.7
4. Chase Headley 6.0
5. Aramis Ramirez 5.4
6. Brett Lawrie 4.1
7. Ryan Zimmerman 3.8
8. David Freese 3.6
9. Alberto Callapso 3.2
10. Mike Moustakas 2.9

Putting too much emphasis on one season, you say? OK, here’s Baseball-Reference’s WAR for third basemen over the past two seasons:

1. Adrian Beltre 12.3
2. Evan Longoria 9.5
3. Chase Headley 8.6
4. David Wright 8.6
t5. Aramis Ramirez 7.9
t5. Pablo Sandoval 7.9
7. Brett Lawrie 7.6
8. Alberto Callapso 6.2
9. Alex Rodriguez 5.7
10. Ryan Zimmerman 5.4

And OPS+ for the past two seasons:

1. Evan Longoria 142
2. Pablo Sandoval 140
3. Aramis Ramirez 137
4. Chase Headley 135
5. Adrian Beltre 134
6. David Wright 132
7. David Freese 125
8. Chipper Jones 122
9. Ryan Zimmerman 120
10. Alex Rodriguez 115

So, how would you rank the game’s third basemen? I’ll look for your own lists and justifications in the comments.

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